Monday, November 15, 2010

NaNo Update and A Very Serious Question

Err.. okay... guys, I THINK I've completed NaNo, but I don't think I played by the rules *hangs head in shame*

For starters, I guess I need to say I kind of began NaNo way earlier - as in on October 18th.

But I had to!

I was too scared that if I waited until November 1st, I would lose the drive to write, and if you caught my last post, you know the crazy spot I've been in.

From October 18th to November 14th... I've managed to write 50, 239 words.

I know the aim of the game is to write the novel during the 30 days of November, BUT since it's also to write 50k in 30 days.....

My question to you IS:

Since it still falls within 30 days, and 30 days is 30 days, does it count?

Please, please say it does! I hope it does, because my head is just swimming right now, and I'm still not ready to slow down.

It's honestly a crazy, hectic, fun, insane, TIRING place to be!

I hope everyone else is doing extremely well with their NaNo projects. If you have time, let me know!

31 comments:

Melissa said...

It counts.

YOu stayed within the thirty day limit and I don't see any real reason why it shouldn't.

NaNo is about you and your journey. So... yeah, it counts.

CONGRATULATIONS

Stephanie Thornton said...

I think it counts too. I was going to do the same thing, but decided to start early and go slow.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Nicole MacDonald said...

Who cares about the days, you're SOOO close!! Go for it :)

www.damselinadirtydress.com

Jai Joshi said...

Congratulations!

I'd say it counts in principal but in terms of you being a technical Nano winner I would say you need to check with the official rules.

Still, I don't think that matters anyway. After all, you completed over 50,000 words! Celebrate!

Jai

writergirl said...

NaNo isn't a contest. It's simply a motivation for you to write a novel in a month, which is considerably a short time. The reason why it starts on Nov 1st and ends in Nov 30th, is that writers would encourage each other as they are writing at the same time.

Congratulations on finishing! :)

Anne Gallagher said...

I would say it counts. If you subtract the words you did from Oct. 18 to Nov. 14 how many are there? So in order not to "cheat" (which I don't think you did) just write that many more words between now and the 30th. You won't feel as guilty and get the 50k (or over) distinction.

The Happy Whisk said...

Hi WritingNut. Congrats on the hard work. That's the most important.

But no, it doesn't count if you're playing by NaNo's rules.

If it's really bothering you, why not use the second half of the month and do what Anne suggested.

http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/faq/2536

Stephanie M. Lorée said...

NaNo is about you. Your writing. Your success/failure. Yourself.

No one is going to come look over your shoulder and verify your words. No one is going to know if you cheat. Except you.

Do you feel like a winner? Do you think you've won?

Than you have. You are all that matters. Be selfish.

Scribbler to Scribe

Colene Murphy said...

Totally counts. Definitely. And early too! So big congratulations there!

Talli Roland said...

That's amazing stuff - bug congrats for all your hard work!

I say it counts. It's still within 30 days!

Jolene Perry said...

I started week early and I will be finishing a week early, I too couldn't leave my idea alone any longer. I needed to write it.


YEA YOU FOR MAKING IT!!
I too, have just passed my goal and I have a few days left in which to write.

Now, if you'd started a week early and went all the way to the end...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I believe it counts - it's still 50000 in 30 days!

Holly Ruggiero said...

Yep, it counts. 50 in 30.

Kenda said...

I'd say it's the end result that counts--and over 50,000 words in a month makes you a winner :-) It's a huge accomplishment in anyone's eyes! Congratulations...

The Red Angel said...

This totally counts! :) The major point of NaNoWriMo is that you write a novel in 30 days, not that you write it in November. Sure, November's the sacred month of this literary frenzy event, but the idea is still there and you met the goal of NaNo. Kudos to you! :D

~TRA

http://xtheredangelx.blogspot.com

Shayda Bakhshi said...

Pffft, it totally counts! 50K in 30 days? That's the NANO SPIRIT.

The Nano gods were with you.

You win.

Christina Lee said...

Of COURSE it counts. That is soooo awesome!

Meredith said...

Totally counts! That's an AWESOME accomplishment. Congrats!

Pat Marin said...

If you read Chris Baty's book "No Plot, No Problem" it counts. You do not have to write you novel in November but you can post what you did in November. You must write a 50K novel in 30 days.

After reading the book, I tried to write in July one year. I find I need the forums and daily posting that you can do in November.

Pat Marin

ML New Jersey - Central

Lynda Young said...

I say it counts. 30 days is 30 days and 50k words is an impressive feat :) Congrats

Shari said...

I'm with everyone else. It should count. Congratulations!

The Words Crafter said...

I agree, thirty days is thirty days. Knowing I had to start from scratch caused me to pull out an old, half baked idea and as a result, I've fallen completely in love with my characters.

In one way or another, I think nano has been fantastic for us! Woohoo for you!

Jamie Gibbs (Mithril Wisdom) said...

You're damn right it counts, and a very very hearty congratulations to you too!

Terri Tiffany said...

What an accomplishment!!! It counts!! Hurray!!

Theresa Milstein said...

I won't hold it against you. Over 50k in 30 days? Good for you! YaY!

Good luck with editing.

Rick said...

I say it counts. But if they offered a reward to turn you in.... well... I'd still be on your side!

Medeia Sharif said...

It sure counts. Congratulations.

Dangerous With a Pen said...

I would say it counts! It's an amazing accomplishment. Congratulations!!!

BTW, there is an award for your waiting at my blog... ;)

Sangu said...

It definitely counts! The goal is to get you to produce writing without worrying about restraints or censoring yourself and to hit a word count, right? Well, you did that in 30 days, regardless of which days those were! So yay! Congratulations!

Dominic de Mattos said...

National Novel Writing Month - One novel - one month. Sounds good to me!

If this was a competition - trying to beat other people it would be different, but Nano is about releasing the writer in you and that is what it has done!

Congratulations!

Thanks for dropping by ... it was great to meet you.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Totally counts. Thanks for the follow!